Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Computer Science and Engineering) - Course Overview

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B.Tech CSE is a 4-year undergraduate engineering course on practical and theoretical knowledge of computer hardware and software. The minimum eligibility for this course requires passing class 12th/ Higher Secondary Examination in Physics, Mathematics, and English with a minimum of 50% marks.

Top Institutes offering this course are:

  1. IIT, Delhi
  2. The Neotia College, Kolkata
  3. Chandigarh University
  4. IIT, Kanpur
  5. BITS Hyderabad

The average tuition fee for this course ranges from INR 2 to 10 Lacs.

B.Tech CSE course is also often pitted against Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA). The mode of admission is through State/ National/ University Joint Entrance Examination.

B.Tech CSE graduates can find employment in academic institutions, IT software companies, journalism, sales, and marketing. The job profiles for graduates of this course can be a lecturer, technical editor, content developer, Software engineer, software developer, programmer analyst, test engineer etc.

A fresh graduate of this course can expect an annual salary of between INR 1.5  – 3.5 Lacs which would only increase with experience in the field. A student may choose for higher studies and pursue MTech in respective field or do an MBA Course which will lead to higher MBA Salary. 


Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course

Course LevelUnder Graduate
Duration of the Course4 years
Examination TypeSemester
EligibilityMinimum score of 55% (Relaxable for reserved category students) marks at UG level.
Admission ProcessEntrance exam based/Merit-based
Course FeeBetween INR 2 to 10 Lacs
Starting SalaryINR 1.5 to 3.5 Lacs
Top Recruiting CompaniesTCS, Wipro, DXC, Syntel, Hexaware, Capgemini, Infosys
Job PositionSoftware engineers, application developer, network engineer, hardware engineer, CAD engineer

B.Tech CSE is a comprehensive course in computer applications and system. It deals with designing and developing computer software and hardware processes. Through this course, the students will be able to understand, learn and use different programming languages, digital and analog electronics, networking and telecommunications etc.

Since the use of computers has become a necessity in everyday life, it is hardly surprising that an engineering course in Computer science is extremely popular among students. With the use and importance of the computer and computer applications increasing day-by-day,  it is safe to say that seeking a career in this field is profitable.

The course delivery methods include lectures, lab work, industrial training, assignments, workshops etc.  During this course, students are also encouraged to take up a research project. In the final assessment, the students are graded on Theory paper, Term work (assignments), Lab work and Research Project.

How is B.Tech. CSE different from BCA?

BCA is a course dedicated completely to computer application; the software involved; its design, programming, operational function, management etc.

B.Tech CSE is an engineering course which is based in various engineering disciplines such as computer engineering, mechanical engineering, communications, electronic, Software engineering etc. along with the knowledge of computer systems.

InstituteCityAverage Fee
IIScBangaloreINR 20,700
IITKanpurINR 50,575
BITSPilaniINR 3,37,925
IIITDelhiINR 1,40,500
Adhiyamaan College of EngineeringHosurINR 1,35,000
Adithya Institute of TechnologyCoimbatoreINR 75,000
ACETCoimbatoreINR 50,000
Alpha College of EngineeringChennaiINR 51,171
Anna UniversityChennaiINR 46, 470

B.Tech CSE: Eligibility

The minimum eligibility for this course requires, passing the higher secondary school certificate (10+2)examination with science subjects such as maths, physics, and English as compulsory courses. In addition, they must also have one Subject out of Chemistry/ Biotechnology/ Computer Science.

Minimum percentage of marks in class 12/ higher secondary Examination is generally from 45% to 50%. Since most institutions have an Entrance Exam, the students who have appeared in Higher Secondary Examination and are awaiting results can apply too.

Some colleges, like Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeeth University, Coimbatore also accept a three-year Diploma in Engineering with minimum 60% marks, awarded by any State Board of Technical Education as an optional factor for eligibility to the program.

B.Tech CSE: Admission Process

Admission to the program is strictly through entrance exam and personal interview. Hence, if the candidate is eligible, students can follow the process given below.Read more

  • Application Form
  • Entrance Exam/ Counseling
  • Admission

Entrance Test

Some of the Top entrance examinations for B.Tech CSE are as follows:

JEE Main: The Joint Entrance ExamMain applications are available online in the months of December and January. Candidates can opt for either pen-paper based exam or computer-based exam for Paper 1.

SRMJEEE: SRM University conducts a Joint Entrance ExaminationSRMJEEE for admission to B.Tech CSE. The applications are made available online in the month of February and March.

MU-OET: Sikkim Manipal University conducts an All India Manipal University Online Entrance Test. The Test’s application forms are available in the month of March.

The entrance examinations have a negative marking of 0 to 1 mark. The number of questions ranges from 150 to 200. The time allotted for the exam is 2 ½ hours to 3 hours.

Selection Process

The selection of students for the program is based in two ways which depend from college to college which is either by accepting the candidate’s admission solely on the Entrance Examination Score and/or declaring a merit list based on candidate’s performance in Entrance Exam as well as their high school examination qualifying score.


Lateral Entry

The Lateral Entry which means entrance into the second year of the course is also available in colleges likeManipal Institute of Technology, Lovely Professional University etc.

The eligibility for lateral entry is 10th+ 3yr Diploma in Engineering/Technology or BSc in Non-medical, Computer Science or Computer Application.

It is possible that syllabus might vary from institution to institution. The syllabus is made up of both core and elective courses. The common topics covered in the course are as follows:

Name of the CourseName of the Course
Applied MathematicsDigital Circuits & System
Applied PhysicsCommunication Systems
Applied ChemistryComputer Graphics
Manufacturing ProcessOperating Systems
Introduction to Computer SystemsJava Programming and Website Design
Introduction to ProgrammingComputer Architecture
Engineering MechanicsLinux & X-Windows Programming
Electrical ScienceDatabase Management Systems
Analog ElectronicsOrganizational Behaviour
Circuits & SystemsMicroprocessor
Foundations of Computer SystemsComputer Networks
Object Oriented Programming using C++Digital Signal Processing
Data StructuresMultimedia Technologies
Software EngineeringMobile Computing
Algorithm Analysis & DesignArtificial Intelligence


Name of the Course
Soft Computing
Network Security
Computer Systems
Mobile Communication

B.Tech CSE: Career Prospects

With the varied knowledge that the course provides, students can find employment in following sectors:

  1. Engineering firms
  2. Academic Institutions
  3. Journalism, editing and content
  4. Sales and Marketing firms
  5. IT/Software Companies

Top Recruiters

Some of the top recruiters of B.Tech CSE would include the following:

  1. TATA Consultancy 
  2. Infosys Technologies 
  3. IBM Global Services 
  4. Accenture Services 
  5. HCL Technologies 

Academic Options after B.Tech

After this undergraduate course, students can apply for M.Tech Computer Science and Engineering from colleges such as Amity School of Engineering and TechnologyNational Institute of Technology etc.

After M.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering, students can pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from colleges such as Lovely Professional UniversityGraphic Era University, Dehradun etc.

In the above-mentioned sectors, following are job profiles which one can expect:

Job ProfileDescription
Software EngineerSoftware engineers are hired to research, design, and implement a new or a modified software product.
Software DeveloperA software developer is hired for designing, installing, testing and maintaining a software in computer or digital electronic
Programmer AnalystA programmer is hired for writing computer programs and tests them. They also work with system analyst to convert strategies into working programs
Test EngineerThey work closely with software developer and engineer and test all designed software for finding and fixing bugs. They are hired to improve the quality of software.
Lecturer/ProfessorNot every is required to be in sitting in the hospital or carrying out clinical research. Lecturer and Professors in the academic institutions help in producing such people.
Content DeveloperA content developer is hired by IT companies to create content, articles, special reports a blog related to software, computing etc.
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